Captain Dave and the Team
guide, Coast Guard licensed Captain Dave Anderson,is an experienced
marine naturalist, filmmaker, photographer, speaker and weekly
teach you about Dana Point, the whales who visit
and the many dolphin who live here, as well as introduce you
to a few of our other local marine friends like our California
Lions and brown pelicans.
here to read Dave's poem on dolphins.
1995 Capt. Dave Anderson was living aboard his sailboat in Dana
Point, California and bringing people out to see whales & dolphins
for his business, ‘Capt Dave’s Dolphin Safari’.
When he told the other boaters what he saw out there, they were
amazed. “That’s when it hit me, “ said Capt.
Dave, “If they don’t know what is out there, then
Capt. Dave mounted an underwater camera
and hydrophone on the bow of his boat and began taking his cameras
on every trip to record
what his passengers experienced first-hand. It took him five years
to create the documentary “Wild Dolphins & Whales of
Southern California”, learning how to film, edit and narrate
as he went along, an experience that has forever changed his life.
Most of Capt. Dave’s
documentary was filmed on consumer digital video recorders (all
he could afford at the time) and the
first camera he used was actually a hand-me-down VHS-C from his
wife’s parents, much of his footage is breathtakingly beautiful,
a tour-de-force in garage filmmaking. It’s amazing what a
few cameras, one home computer upgraded umpteen times and thousands
of hours from one man’s life can accomplish.
Capt. Dave’s primary responsibility was to his passengers
and his business, his passion to film these animals carried over
into his off hours, with many nights spent working into the wee
hours editing. “The average Joe can be a filmmaker,” said
Capt. Dave. “Nowadays, it doesn’t take money, as much
as it takes desire and time…lots of time.”
Frequently called upon as an authority on wild dolphins and whales
in this area, Capt. Dave is also a popular speaker, entertaining
and educating a wide variety of audiences, from volunteer groups
to marine mammal enthusiasts and school groups.
Capt. Dave has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, as well as local network
affiliates and the Travel Channel. His photographs have appeared
on the cover of newspapers and magazines and have appeared on special
exhibit at various locales. He also worked with filmmaker Greg
McGillivray for the IMAX film Dolphins, helping to locate large
herds of dolphin.
Capt. Dave has traveled throughout California talking to other
skippers and whale researchers to gain additional footage, as
well as to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, the South Pacific and French
Polynesia to learn more about the animals he encounters
from those who study them.
Committed to promoting awareness of Southern California’s
ocean, Capt. Dave introduced & organized the first Ocean Awareness
Day, now an annual two-day event during the Dana Point Festival
“The Southern California coast is alive”,
says Capt. Dave and now, after five years, viewers can see it
on Capt. Dave here
the DOLPHIN SAFARI team!
on the team is very special to us and each person contributes
to the sense of family we have and friendliness we love to share.
Here we are at our last Employee Recognition Night. This is where
we read all the great comments our passengers take the time
write about us. Thanks to all of you who take the time, it really
means a lot to us!
Who is who?
Clockwise from the back:
First Mate Mark, First Mate Parker, Capt. Steve, Capt. Tom, Capt. Peter, Capt. George, Capt. Chuck, Jacque, Karen, Val, Gisele (Mrs. Capt. Dave) Arielle, Capt. Dave, Tanya, Shannon, Denielle.